It’s finally official: the new iPhone lineup is here. Perhaps a little uncreatively, Apple has opted to simply call it “iPhone 14”, but then again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Still, the company has innovated in a number of key areas when it comes to iPhone design, so this might be the most radical shakeup for a good few product lines. There’s a new display to get used to in the Pro line, and naturally, the iPhone 14 will be more powerful than its predecessors. Let’s take a look at the iPhone 14, its more powerful Pro and Pro Max options, and another new device that slots in nicely between the two.
iPhone 14 release date: when is the device coming out?
The iPhone 14 was officially unveiled just a few days ago, and we won’t have too much longer to wait for the phone to come out. The iPhone 14 release date is September 16th, although you are going to have to wait a little longer for the iPhone 14 Plus, which is coming on October 7th. Supposedly, this is because Apple is changing its production process, but all you need to know is that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will be launching alongside the base iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 price: how much does the iPhone 14 cost?
As you’d expect, Apple is employing a staggered pricing structure for the iPhone 14, which means that the iPhone 14 price is going to differ depending on which model you want. Here’s a quick rundown of the UK prices for these devices (your region may vary, so make sure you double-check before pre-ordering!).
- 128GB: £849
- 256GB: £959
- 512GB: £1179
iPhone 14 Plus
- 128GB: £949
- 256GB: £1059
- 512GB: £1279
iPhone 14 Pro
- 128GB: £1099
- 256GB: £1209
- 512GB: £1429
- 1TB: £1649
iPhone 14 Pro Max
- 128GB: £1199
- 256GB: £1309
- 512GB: £1529
- 1TB: £1749
As you can see, the new iPhone 14 range is going to reach some pretty eye-watering prices, but later devices in the lineup are likely to be of interest mostly to business customers or those to whom money is no object.
iPhone 14 specs: what’s new this time around?
The base iPhone 14 boasts the A15 Bionic chip that powered the iPhone 13 Pro, which makes it a very speedy device indeed. Since Apple always uses proprietary software, the iPhone 14 is likely to remain best-in-class when it comes to speed; Apple knows exactly how to squeeze every inch of performance out of its devices, and the iPhone 14 is likely to be no different in this regard. Supposedly, an upgraded thermal system for better heat management has been installed, but we’ll need to see how that holds up in real conditions to know whether it’s game-changing or not.
Naturally, the iPhone 14 Pro range will boast Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip, which will be even faster and more efficient than its predecessor. The iPhone 14 range has some interesting new features across the board, too; the devices can automatically detect car crashes, for instance, contacting the emergency services as soon as they “notice” you’ve been in a car crash. This feature was present on the Apple Watch, too, but now it’s included as part of the iPhone range as well. The phones are also capable of satellite communications, reducing the chances you’ll get stuck in a remote location with no signal.
iPhone 14 notch: is the notch still there?
The notch situation for the iPhone 14 is a strange one. The base iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models do indeed still have the rather large notch that’s been present in the iPhone range since the iPhone X, but it’s a different story when it comes to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
The notch on these devices has been replaced with a new “Dynamic Island”, which is arguably the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max lineup’s secret weapon. Rather than try to pretend the front-facing camera cutout on the phones doesn’t exist, Apple has embraced it and decided to put it front and centre. The Dynamic Island will show you notifications, integrate with maps and other apps, and even feature third-party support, so you’ll be able to tap anywhere on that “island” and view a notification as soon as it pops up. It’s pretty smart-looking, and it’s clever of Apple not to reject the cutout but to embrace it instead.
iPhone 14 always-on display: how does it work?
As well as the new Dynamic Island, the iPhone 14 range will also boast a brand new always-on display, allowing you to see your notifications at a glance. You can change the font for the clock and other elements of the always-on display as well, so you can make it look however you like (within reason, of course; we’re still not quite at Android levels of customisation here). The always-on display will also support widgets, allowing you to show information you need close at hand. Naturally, when the iPhone 14 is in your pocket or is face down, it’ll go dark, so you won’t need to worry about the display draining your battery.
iPhone 14 camera: what’s new?
If you’re a budding smartphone photography enthusiast, you’ll probably want to know what’s new with the iPhone 14 camera. The main camera array is pretty similar to that featured on the iPhone 13, but the front-facing camera now supports autofocus, which can automatically focus on your face or other elements when you’re taking a selfie. It’s pretty neat.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, however, boast new 48MP rear-facing cameras. We haven’t seen them in action yet, but those phones have significantly more advanced camera tech in them, so if you’re looking for the best possible image quality out of your smartphone camera, then the Pro and Pro Max are where you’ll want to be looking.